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Archives: June 2008

The Scoreboard: Friday, June 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 171 | CNN: 153 | MSNBC: 118 | HLN: 94

Prime: FNC: 248 | CNN: 215 | MSNBC: 189 | HLN: 137

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElexHQ: Hume: Shep.: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  165 213 269 296 238 209 207
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  138 182 215 146 203 297 195
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Abrams: Countdown: Investig.:
  136 105 147 333 125 108 114
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  27 60 65 204 124 94 163

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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The Ticker: Welch, Lauer, Carlson…

> Former GE CEO Jack Welch is getting pretty proficient at this guest anchoring thing. On Wednesday he fills in on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

> TMZ asks, “Where in the World is Matt Lauer‘s New Bathing Suit?” (or something like that).

> It’s 80′s week at Fox & Friends, featuring blasts from TV, sports, politics and music pasts (The Smithereens tomorrow on the plaza!). Today, the F&F’ers showed Gretchen Carlson‘s high school graduation picture. Check it out, after the jump…

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Defying Journalist Ban, ABC’s Sciutto Covers Zimbabwe Election

sciutto.jpg Although foreign journalists are banned from Zimbabwe, ABC News’ Senior Foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto was there this weekend to cover the country’s controversial presidential election. ABC says Sciutto was the only American network TV reporter to do so.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser it has resources in Zimbabwe, but that, for security reasons, CNN’s reports do not feature a named journalist.

Sciutto’s coverage aired on today’s Good Morning America, this weekend’s World News, and on He will continue to file reports today for various ABC News platforms.

Earlier: In April, CNN Reports From Zimbabwe Despite Journalist Ban

Olbermann Talks FISA Tonight in Special Comment

Remember the whole back and forth (and back and forth…) last week between Glenn Greenwald and Keith Olbermann about Obama’s (and Olbermann’s) position on FISA? Well, new week, same topic. Tonight, Olbermann delivers a Special Comment on the subject (he announced this on his Daily Kos blog):

The bill immunizes the telecoms against civil suits, and leaves it wide open for the Justice Department to prosecute, criminally.

And the “right wing frame” on Democrats and national security is an injustice and nonsense — just like all the other right wing frames. Unfortunately, this is the only one that might stick to Obama because irrational fear is a human fundament. If he plays it wrong, he votes against (and the bill passes anyway), he gets stuck within the frame (and loses the election), and nothing legally happens, ever, to the telecoms – or the Bush Administration.

But if he plays it right…

Well, I’m giving away Monday’s comment.


Not sure he’ll like it, not sure you’ll like it, not sure Mr. Greenwald will like it. But I’ll like it.

Gupta Gets “Fit” in Louisiana

gupta_6-30.JPGCNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and other CNN employees were at Pontiff Park in Metairie, Louisiana this weekend, helping build a new playground.

Gupta was at the park to kick off his 2008 Fit Nation initiative, aimed at stopping obesity and emphasizing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. CNN partnered with Cox Communications New Orleans and KaBOOM!, an non-profit organization helping communities build playgrounds, in the effort.

The playground was build, start to finish, with the help of 250 volunteers in approximately six hours.

Gupta also taped his program, “House Call,” from the site, interviewing local community leaders who came out to help.

On Loan from Asia…CNBC Asia


CNBC midday viewers may have noticed a new anchor on the air today. Meet Amanda Drury from CNBC Asia. Drury is subbing for Erin Burnett on Street Signs this week.

Back in Singapore, home of CNBC Asia, Drury anchors the morning business programs Squawk Box and Cash Flow. The Aussie-born anchor has been with CNBC since 2001.

Several TVNewsers To Pick Up CINE Award

goldeneagle_6-30.JPGThe newest recipients of the CINE Golden Eagle Awards were announced today.

In the professional news division, MSNBC picked up an award in the “Investigative” category for Richard Engel‘s “War Zone Diary“.

Also, in the category “Informational,” HDNet won for “Turkey at a Crossroads,” produced by Andrew Paterson.

Other wins go to NBC for two of its MSNBC promos, four awards for Current TV and several to Discovery, National Geographic TV and History Channel.

The CINE Golden Eagle Awards are presented twice a year for, “high quality production in a variety of content categories for professional, independent and student filmmakers.”

The O’Reilly Factor: Bigger Than Elvis!

o'reillytv_6-30.JPGFollowing in the footsteps of FNC’s print ad for The O’Reilly Factor touting 90-months at #1, a new television spot is airing on the network.

After comparing some other champs in respective fields (“Hound Dog” on the charts, E.T. in theaters, The Cosby Show on TV), cue dramatic music: “None…topped…The Factor.”

The end of the promo reminds viewers who may miss the show that they have another option: “If you can’t watch it tonight, DVR it.”

DVR/TiVo viewing has long benefited O’Reilly’s challenger at 8pmET, MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. And since O’Reilly took to mentioning the option on the air, the program has been performing very well in the time-shifted cable news category.

> Update: An emailer notes NBC’s Today show is the longest running program at #1 — 655 weeks.

Click continued to see the promo (and, just for fun, see if you can name the six members of the competition pictured, who have “never [had] a number one show” between them)…

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Lara Logan Discussion Drifts to Anderson Cooper, The “Sex Symbol”

rsources_6-30.JPGThe Lara Loganmaking headlines” segment on yesterday’s Reliable Sources focused on the National Enquirer and New York Post stories from last week. Keli Goff and Jonah Goldberg joined Howard Kurtz and discussed…whether it should be discussed at all. Then the conversation did a total 180 360.

Anderson Cooper is sort of portrayed as sort of an Esquire-sex-symbol kind of guy,” said Goldberg. “And when you sexualize your media spokespeople, your reporters, you’re going to get the same kind of coverage you’d get for Paris Hilton.” (He later corrected that CBS had not sexualized her, but she has become a star and thus part of the paparazzi culture.)

Goff agreed. “I think Jonah tapped into something when he mentioned Anderson Cooper,” she said. “It helps to be good looking, and people tend to focus on that and their personal life.”

News networks touting good looks? That never happens.

Kurtz brought up the idea of sexism. “If you made a list of male foreign correspondent who had had affairs at one time or another, probably would take the rest of the program to read the list,” he said. Really, Howard? Do tell…

Click continued to see the clip, including how Kurtz noted (without mentioning the name of) the CNN correspondent in the Post story…

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FNC EP: “Deeply Regret” Showing Images of Dead Model

geraldotv_6-30.JPGFNC’s Geraldo At Large made the decision last night to show “exclusive” video of model, Ruslana Korshunova, who committed suicide in New York City Saturday. The video included images of her bloody, pale face with the rest of her body covered by a white sheet.

Geraldo Rivera described the video, saying, “These are the last images of her broken body being lifted off the Manhattan sidewalk, where shocked and sickened witnesses watched her smash onto the concrete.”

David Clark, EP of weekend programming, tells TVNewser: “It was a producer error and we deeply regret it.”

The Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar calls out FNC for the “error.”

It does, however, cater to a certain ghoulish curiosity. Is Korshunova’s death news? Of course — but it doesn’t need to be so graphically illustrated. A sustained shot of Korshunova’s face, her face pale in death, clearly visible in profile with what appears to be blood at the side of her mouth — that adds nothing to the story other than a horrific, shocking image to gawk at.

Click continued to see the clip of the segment (warning: graphic images)…

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